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FEBRUARY 2, 2018

Airrays Gmbh & Amphenol Antenna Solutions Announce Integration of Large Scale Active Antenna


Amboise (France), February 2, 2018 – Amphenol Antenna Solutions (AAS), in partnership with Airrays Gmbh, has today announced the integration of its active platform into legacy platform solutions.  The move is designed to bridge the gap towards 5G by enabling an active antenna to be easily introduced in 2G/3G/4G legacy networks.

By 2020 it is predicted over six billion smartphone users will each use 14GB of data every month. The move to 5G is there not only inevitable, but essential.  

While the shift to 5G presents opportunities for mobile network operators, such a change requires time and financial investment.

Arnaud Baron, VP Sales and Marketing EMEA-APAC, comments, “The challenge for the industry is to make the right investment to ensure today’s technology has the capacity to support 5G. Therefore, testing the right solution in real conditions is the key challenge for 2018.

“While the market works to overlay 4G networks with 5G radio solutions, Airrays and Amphenol have continued to trial and mature an active antenna system for multiple applications.

“As a result, the range of frequency bands has been expanded, key parameters such as the output power have been tuned and advanced smart antenna features have been added to the capabilities of the product.

“Moreover, Ethernet fronthaul connectivity has been offered as a convenient way to roll-out the solution, after the native CPRI and eCPRI support. Hybrid solutions are also envisaged, mixing passive legacy and active antenna in the same enclosure, in order to cope with constraint of using one single mast.”



Amphenol Antenna Solutions will be exhibiting at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Hall 7, stand 7C62.  Interview appointments to discuss the latest trends and innovations impacting the mobile network market are available.

Lindsay Hoggard

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07827 361021


Amphenol Antenna Solutions (AAS) is a division of Amphenol Corporation (APH), a $7.0 billion revenue NYSE company supplying to diverse markets including the mobile networks, automotive, military/aerospace, information technology and industrial sectors. Amphenol Corporation was founded in 1932 and employs over 45,000 worldwide with product development and manufacturing operations in 30 countries.  AAS was established with the singular focus of designing and manufacturing high performance antennas. Today, the company is a leading global solutions provider for wireless infrastructure systems, offering over 6,000 products with best in class performance.  AAS specializes in BTS and Small Cell antennas for Macro, iDAS and oDAS systems but also offers a complete line of site solutions, including transmission line products and RET system components.  The company operates from seven strategically located factories to serve the global market and remains committed to Connecting People + Technology.

 Airrays is the leading massive MIMO radio company addressing the 4G and upcoming 5G mobile network infrastructure market. Airrays’ large scale active antennas provide an energy-efficient and cost-effective way to address the growing demand for wireless capacity for the gigabit society. The company cooperates with the leading vRAN vendors to ensure full vRAN compatibility of its products. For volume production, Airrays partners with established radio and antenna manufacturers. Airrays is based in Dresden, Germany.